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Spokane Burn Injury Lawyer

An Ounce of Prevention Can Protect Against BurnsNurse applying gauze to burn injury victim

Our skin is not just a covering, but a vital organ. Our skin regulates body temperature and hydration, protects us from disease, and allows us to move easily without pain. So when a severe burn destroys the skin’s elasticity, the sweat glands, the hair follicles, the nerves, and the blood vessels victims find they literally cannot use the affected area. Permanent damage to skin, tissues and nerves limits the effective range of limb movement in addition to causing serious new risks such as fatal infections or skin cancer.

Severe burns cause wounds that are more than just skin deep. Physical healing is just one part of burn care. Severe burn victims are often left with large unsightly scars that cannot always be hidden. Disfiguration of the body’s physical beauty can cause people or children to stare, ask invasive questions or make comments. And for some burn victims, especially younger children, burns can lead to permanent self-consciousness, social shyness, or emotional problems that affect normal everyday life. Victims often continue to encounter physical and psychological pain and disability, disfigurement, isolation or social rejection.

Burn injuries are one of the most painful injuries to sustain, and recovering from them can require extensive medical care, physical therapy, even plastic surgery or scar revision. Burn victims then face mounting medical bills, in addition to missed time from work and new caretaking needs. Dealing with all of this does not become any easier when the burn injury was caused by the recklessness of another person, company, or organization.

Accountability for Severe Burn Injuries

Burn injury statistics show that at least fifty percent of all burn injuries are preventable. An ounce of prevention can protect our families and our children (children are the primary victims) from burn injuries caused by scalding, heat, harsh chemicals, radiation, electricity, friction or during a car accident.

Most burns, whether they happen at home or at work, result from preventable accidents. These accidents can occur due to a person’s careless or negligent actions or as a result of defective or faulty products.

Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include:

  • Defective home appliances, like water heaters and stoves
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Flammable clothing, home furnishing, etc.
  • Defective vehicles/vehicle parts, leading to fires
  • Exposed/open flames and chemicals
  • Faulty smoke detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, etc.
  • Improper labeling of hot items

All too often, burn injuries are completely preventable. Whether a child was injured while playing with matches or a lighter or a worker was severely burned on the job due to faulty electrical systems, the results can be devastating.

There are 500,000 burn injuries that require medical attention in the U.S. every year, according to the American Burn Association. Up to 50,000 burn patients require hospitalization, and nearly half must be admitted to a specialized Burn Unit or Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to the National Institutes of Health.

There are 500,000 burn injuries that require medical attention in the U.S. every year, according to the American Burn Association. Up to 50,000 burn patients require hospitalization, and nearly half must be admitted to a specialized Burn Unit or Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to the National Institutes of Health.

Types of Burn Injury

Thermal, electrical, chemical and radiation are distinct types of burn injuries.

Thermal - Thermal burns are the most common and result from contact with hot objects, steam or flames. Scalds are the most common for children, and adult thermal burns are most commonly caused by fire.

Electrical - An electrical burn results from contact with electricity, such as a live power line or lightning. Electrical currents can pass through the body and cause internal damage as well as external burns, and can be mild or severe.

Chemical - A chemical burn results from the skin touching an acidic or base chemical that destroys or damages the tissues. Chemical burns are painful and cause human tissue to itch, flake, burn or slough off, which can lead to permanent scarring and disability. For example, if someone suffers a chemical burn to the eyes, which permanently affects their sight. If the victim ingests a harmful chemical, it can cause significant internal damage.

Radiation - A radiation burn results from exposure to a source of radiation, such as the sun’s ultraviolet rays or an x-ray machine. Radiation burns can cause itchiness, flaking, peeling, redness and blistering.

Diagram of the layers of human skin

Why Sweetser Law Office?

Sweetser Law Office is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by a burn injury. We will do everything possible to obtain justice from those responsible for your burns.

Burn injury cases are complex. Burns can affect not only the skin, but the blood vessels, muscles, nerves, and bone. Once the skin has been melted through, a person’s nerves are then traumatized which can cause severe permanent damage to the nervous damage and body tissues.

Sweetser Law Office attorneys have a strong grasp of defective product law, premise liability law, worker’s compensation law and construction law, experience and thorough knowledge of distinctive injuries associated with different types of burns – such as electrocution burns and scald burns – and their treatment methods. Our firm will use our an extensive network of experts ranging from chemical engineers, plastic surgeons, physical capacity evaluators, psychologists, and product designers, to hold those responsible accountable.

Prompt investigation and adequate funding are essential. It is critically important to preserve the product which might have caused your burn injury, after the accident. Take photographs of the burn injury near in time to the injury when possible. Give Sweetser Law Office a call when you are safe and ready.

Burn injury survivors can be disabled for life, or can be blinded for life, because of the accident. Contact us today.

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